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“He is not here; He has risen!” (Luke 24:6)

Hello again. I can hardly believe it’s Easter again, as the last year has whizzed by. I remember last year when our church was not allowed to open, and our pastor did his service from home, so we could watch it online. This year we are rather more fortunate, as churches are allowed to open. As the restrictions have relaxed, we are now free to leave our immediate area to travel to Eccles, where we will be attending our church for the first time in months. And what a good time to go back! The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central fact of Christian history. The church is built on it; without it there would be no Christian church today. We have a God who became human, literally died for His people and was raised again to power and glory, to rule His church forever.

Because of the resurrection, we know our world is now headed for redemption, not disaster. God’s mighty power is at work, destroying sin and preparing us for Jesus’s second coming.

Because of the resurrection, we know that death has been conquered and we too will be raised from the dead to live forever with Christ.

The resurrection assures us that Christ is alive and real. God’s power that brought Jesus back from the dead is available to us so that we can live for Him in an evil world.

“Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)

God has acquitted us and has removed our sin and guilt; so it is Satan, not God, who accuses us. When he does, Jesus stands at God’s right hand to present our case. I, for one, am extremely happy to know this. There isn’t a day goes by when I don’t do, say or think something I shouldn’t!

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

People sometimes wonder how you actually become a Christian. The answer is that salvation is as easy as what it states in the verse above. It’s not a complicated process – just believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Then, say out loud that Christ is the risen Lord and you will have salvation. Of course, you must be prepared to tell people what you believe – you cannot keep this wonderful news all to yourself!

Since the lockdown, I don’t get many opportunities to talk to people about my faith; this blog is my weekly chance to share the good news.

“For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.” (1 Corinthians 15:21)

Death came into the world as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin. I sometimes resent them for spoiling it for everyone! After all, they lived in a beautiful paradise with God and His only rule was that they shouldn’t eat from one particular fruit tree. Of all the wonderful fruits in the garden, they just had to choose the one forbidden fruit! Satan, cunningly disguised as a snake, actually persuaded Eve to take the first bite; Eve then shared this with Adam, who also couldn’t resist temptation. I suppose it’s only human nature to want what you can’t have. I have been blessed so much but must admit I sometimes find myself wanting more – then I immediately feel guilty and apologise to the Lord.

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8)

And I am so glad He did! This is God’s greatest gift to us all – the sacrifice of His only son in a hideous death on the cross – all so that we may be forgiven.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

The term ‘new birth’ refers to spiritual birth or regeneration – the Holy Spirit’s act of bringing believers into God’s family. Do you need encouragement? Peter’s words offer joy and hope in times of trouble and he bases his confidence on what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We’re called into a living hope of eternal life. Our hope is not only for the future; eternal life begins when we trust Christ and join God’s family. No matter what pain or trial we face in this life, we know that it is not our final experience. Eventually we will live with Christ forever.

I wish you all a peaceful, healthy and blessed Easter weekend. I know we are still not allowed to see our families and friends but, God willing, it’s just around the corner.

God bless, stay safe – and don’t eat too much chocolate!

Love, Ann ❤

No Christ, no hope – know Christ, know hope.